BPL 2019: Tamim Iqbal’s 61-ball 141 not out hands Comilla Victorians their 2nd title

first_imgBPL 2019: Tamim Iqbal’s 61-ball 141 not out hands Comilla Victorians their 2nd titleBangladesh Premier League 2019 final: Tamim Iqbal shone for Comilla Victorians as they defeated Dhaka Dynamites by 17 runs and win their second league title at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka on Friday.advertisement India Today Web Desk DhakaFebruary 8, 2019UPDATED: February 8, 2019 23:00 IST Bangladesh Premier League final: Tamim Iqbal scored his first BPL century in the big final for Comilla Victorians vs Dhaka Dynamites on Friday (BPL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTamim Iqbal hit his first BPL century in the big final in Dhaka on FridayComilla Victorians have won the BPL title for the 2nd time after their successful campaign in 2015Wahab Riaz starred with the ball for the Victorians as he finished with 3/28Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal came up with one of the most eye-catching T20 innings on Friday in the final of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2019. Tamim’s heroics with the bat in Dhaka helped Comilla Victorians beat three-time champions Dhaka Dynamites by 17 runs and win their second title.Tamim had been struggling for form in the lead up to the final but he stepped up on the big night and broke an array of records as he took the Dhaka Dynamites attack to the cleaners. Tamim hit an unbeaten 141 from just 61 balls, his first century in the BPL that had 11 sixes and 10 boundaries.Tamim’s 141 was the second highest score in a T20 tournament final and it helped the Imrul Kayes-led Comilla Victorians post 199. He also became the first Bangladesh batsman to hit more than 10 sixes in a T20 match.Even as his much-fancied teammates were struggling to put bat to ball on a tricky Mirpur wicket, Tamim was hitting the big ones at will. Tamim showed little respect to the likes of Andre Russel, Shakib Al Hasan, and Rubel Hossain as he scored heavily against the big boys of Dhaka Dynamites.Big guns fail as Dhaka implode after strong startDhaka Dynamites looked like they would render Tamim’s special knock in vain when Upul Tharanga and Rony Talukdar took on the Victorians’ bowling attack after Sunil Narine was run out in the very first ball of their 200-run chase.Tharanga and Talukdar stitched a 102-run stand in just 8.4 overs before Thisara Perera got the wicket of his Sri Lankan teammate with a slower ball. Once the big partnership was broken, the Dynamites imploded as the likes of Shakib, Andre Russel, and Kieron Pollard were dismissed cheaply.advertisementTalukdar looked to keep the Dynamites in the hunt but he was run out (for 66 off 38 balls) after a mix-up with Pollard in the middle.The Dynamites felt the pressure of chasing a big total in the final as their seasoned campaigners, including the likes of Shakib, Pollard and Russell, were unable to get going.Wahab Riaz shone for the champions with figures of 3/28 while Mohammad Saifuddin and Thisara Perera picked up two wickets each. There were a couple of costly run outs that brought the downfall of the Dynamites.Tamim had been a national hero in Bangladesh for quite some time but the veteran cricketer hadn’t featured in a final before Friday’s championship match in Dhaka. But when he got the opportunity, he made sure he made it an unforgettable outing for him. How Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, and Shakib Al Hasan reacted after the finalTamim: “Throughout the tournament I had starts, but I failed to convert them. So, I guess, I saved my best for the last. We planned the innings really well. They had 2 world class bowlers in the form of Narine and Shakib and we didn’t take chances against them. It was a terrific wicket and at one point even 200 was looking less but I always knew we will be back in the match once we take a couple of wickets. The wickets of Pollard and Russell were really important. “Imrul Kayes: “Tamim is a great player and he showed his character today. Everyone will remember his knock in the final. At one point I was worried as we didn’t bowl well in the powerplay. But we came back strongly in the middle overs. Riaz and Perera were brilliant for us in that phase.”Shakib Al Hasan: “It was a very good game of cricket. 199 was always going to be difficult but we got off to a great start. We lost the momentum after 11th over and kept losing wickets. Next couple of months will be really important for our cricket. Tamim played really well. We can take a lot of positives out of this tournament. We are grateful to our supporters, hopefully, they will keep supporting them.”Also Read | Wake up New Zealand Cricket #MeToo banner seen during India vs New Zealand 2nd T20IAlso Read | Yuvraj Singh reveals why MS Dhoni is crucial to India at 2019 World CupAlso Read | MS Dhoni’s helped Rishabh Pant bat well in Auckland: Harbhajan SinghAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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